Friday 20 September 2019

Take the chill off in Monkstown at upgraded and extended former 'Berg'

25 Ashton Park, Monkstown €795k

Number 25 Ashton Park has been extended and upgraded
Number 25 Ashton Park has been extended and upgraded
The entrance hall

Number 25 Ashton Park in Monkstown, Co Dublin, used to be what's colloquially known as a Berg, as in iceberg, because it had a BER of G - the lowest possible energy rating.

A 'G' rating on a property such as that - a four-bedroom semi-detached house measuring 150 sq m (1,614 sq ft) or thereabouts - is calculated to mean annual fuel expenditure of €5,900, which is pushing into part-time job territory.

That's based on 2014 prices, the Sustainable Energy Authority having not, apparently, seen fit to update them in the past five years. But those were the prices in effect when 25 Ashton Park last went on the market.

The house was sold in 2013 (for €558,000, according to the Property Price Register) and the new owners immediately set about thawing out their Iceberg.

The entrance hall
The entrance hall

They added new double glazing and exterior doors, new insulation and soundproofing, and new zoned central heating. Hey presto, the building energy rating skipped up eight levels, going from G to C1.

They didn't stop there, however. They also extended the house, converted the attic, put in a new driveway and landscaped the garden.

The ground floor now has a front living room with an open fire and a new open-plan kitchen/ dining room at the back, opening to a sunroom that gives onto the patio.

The garage has become a utility and an en suite guest bedroom, and a new owner might apply to add a first-floor extension there.

Another three bedrooms and a bathroom can be found on the first floor, and overall the interior space amounts to 1,658 sq ft.

The house is near the end of a cul-de-sac opening from Monkstown Avenue, and it's about 15 minutes' walk from Salthill & Monkstown DART station.

The agent is DNG Rock Road (01) 283 2900 and the asking price is €795,000.

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